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Pilot project for the WaveRotor in the Western Scheldt estuary, that is used to generate power from tidal currents. Technology developed by Ecofys, sold to IHC Merwede   (c) Ecofys

IHC Merwede acquires Wave Rotor technology

Published: 06/06/2012

On 30 May 2012, IHC Merwede signed an agreement to acquire Wave Rotor technology from Ecofys, which is renowned for its expertise in sustainable energy solutions. The official signing was made by Willem Steenge, Managing Director of IHC Tidal Energy, and Manon Janssen, Managing Director of Ecofys. Wave Rotor technology, which will be managed by the newly established company IHC Tidal Energy, enables IHC Merwede to further secure its position in the renewable market.

Patented technology
With this acquisition, IHC Merwede has secured highly developed knowledge and the patented Wave Rotor technology. In contrast to most tidal turbines, the Wave Rotor is vertically oriented. It converts power from tidal currents and wave motion directly into electricity. The technology is a patented innovation from Ecofys that has been developed over the past ten years and successfully demonstrated in a 30kW pilot plant in the Westerschelde.

After the Wave Rotor was developed, it was brought through the pre-commercial stage by OceanMill. The company proved that the technology has enormous potential and is commercially viable. IHC Tidal Energy has set its goal to successfully bring the acquired technology to market, enriching the world with proven tidal and wave energy converters.

Tidal and wave energy market
IHC Merwede has been active in the renewable energy sector for decades. The market for tidal and wave technology is relatively new, but IHC Merwede foresees a significant growth of activities in Europe, North America and Asia.

Willem Steenge says: “The acquisition of Wave Rotor technology enables IHC Merwede to launch a fully integrated system to generate electricity using tidal energy. IHC Merwede will contribute, as a reliable link in the chain of new energy and land reclamation, to the sustainability or our world. The investment in this emerging market also fits well into the company’s strategic portfolio.”

Manon Janssen adds: “Ecofys is very proud to transfer this innovative technology over to IHC Merwede. With its expertise and global presence, IHC Merwede will bring Wave Rotor technology to the next commercial phase. Ecofys expects that Wave Rotor technology will have a big impact on the world.”



IHCMerwede
IHC Merwede is focussed on the continuous development of design and construction activities for the specialist maritime sector. It is the global market leader for efficient dredging and mining vessels and equipment – with vast experience accumulated over decades – and a reliable supplier of custom-built ships and supplies for offshore construction.

IHC Merwede has in-house expertise for engineering and manufacturing innovative vessels and advanced equipment, as well as providing life-cycle support. Its integrated systematic approach has helped to develop optimum product performance and long-term business partnerships. The company’s broad customer base includes dredging operators, oil and gas corporations, offshore contractors and government authorities.

IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, theUnited Kingdom and the United States. Technological innovation will remain the company’s underlying strength through its continuous investment in research and development. Moreover, it helps to safeguard a sustainable environment.

Ecofys – Experts in Energy
Established in 1984 with the vision of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policies. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges.

For more information please contact:

IHC Merwede Holding B.V.
Ms K. Jansen
PR and Communication Manager
T +31 184 43 61 78
M +31 6 23 21 22 55
ka.jansen@ihcmerwede.com

Ecofys
Marielle Vosbeek
Press Office
Ecofys
Kanaalweg 15-G
3526 KL Utrecht
T: +31 (0)30 662-3402
E: press@ecofys.com

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